BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- A night of firsts for the Buffalo
Sabres was one the Los Angeles Kings would like to forget.
Jochen Hecht and rookie Jason Pominville each recorded their
first career hat trick and Daniel Paille netted his first NHL
goal as the Sabres trounced the Kings, 10-1, to halt a two-game
Things turned sour for Los Angeles early as defenseman Jay McKee
and Chris Drury scored 13 seconds apart to give Buffalo a 2-0
bulge 1:19 into the game. Ales Kotalik tallied at 4:33 to make
it a three-goal lead and chase Mathieu Garon, but the goaltender
returned less than two minutes later and allowed Hecht's first
goal at 10:46.
Appearing in his first career game, Adam Hauser again replaced
Garon and was victimized by Hecht with 2:54 remaining in the
first as Buffalo built a 5-0 cushion.
After Jeff Cowan got the Kings on the board late in the opening
period, Hecht completed his hat trick at 6:13 of the second.
Pominville took over from there, scoring twice in the middle
session and again with just over five minutes to go in the third
for a natural hat trick.
Pominville's third goal gave Buffalo two hat tricks in the same
game for the first time since December 31, 2003, when Miroslav
Satan and Maxim Afinogenov accomplished the feat.
The 20th overall pick in the 2002 draft, Paille - who picked up
an assist in the first period - completed the scoring with 4½
Hecht added an assist for his fourth career four-point effort
while Tim Connolly, Drury and Mike Grier set up three goals
apiece for Buffalo, which completed a 3-2-1 homestand.
Garon allowed four goals on 10 shots and Hauser stopped 18-of-24
shots for the Kings, who fell to 2-8 with one tie in their last
11 road meetings with the Sabres.